It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
Democracy is essentially anti-authoritarian--that is, it not only demands the right but imposes the responsibility of thinking for ourselves.
Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking
So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy
The saddest life is that of a political aspirant under democracy. His failure is ignominious and his success is disgraceful
While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment
Only a government that is rich and safe can afford to be a democracy, for democracy is the most expensive and nefarious kind of government ever heard of on earth
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.
I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be
People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing.
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
Democracy is like a raft: It won't sink, but you will always have your feet wet
The happiest thing that can be said about democracy... is that it is one of the few systems that has been willing to risk a long period of confusion and mixed purposes for the sake of giving man a chance to grow up in mind and responsibility
Democracy cannot flourish half rich and half poor, any more than it can flourish half free and half slave
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary
Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right
Because of our Congressional committee system, our government is closer to a gerontocracy than a democracy.
American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society.
Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom, but it isn't alien to the underlying concepts that infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere.